Freshwater Biology Lab:
Freshwater biology lab has been established with the aim of sustainable exploitation of freshwater resources and the associated aquatic fauna of the region. The lab also contains a necessary facility for water quality analysis. Research is being conducted in ecotoxicology with an emphasis on heavy metals, insecticides, and pesticides in the laboratory. The lab work is intended to exploit water resources of the area thus contributing to the economy of the region. Experimental settings are available in the lab to expand the aquaculture and fishery potential of the region. Students are trained in modern techniques in fish breeding, feeding and population assessment.
Wildlife Biodiversity and Taxonomy Lab:
Wildlife biodiversity and taxonomy lab has been established with the aim to conserve biodiversity and their co-existence with the growing human population leading to a sustainable livelihood of the communities and survival of biodiversity.
The laboratory trains the students in modern skills in the fields of wildlife, taxonomy, and conservation. It provides opportunities to work on the variety of biological diversity of organisms present in the region, enabling the students to put the theory into practice. The varied environmental conditions of the region provide immense opportunities for researchers to understand the biodiversity and ecological processes. Research in the fields of herpetology, avian biology and mammalogy are the main focuses of the laboratory study.
Natural History Museum of Department of Zoology University of Chitral:
To comprehend biological diversity and natural history, a museum has been established in the University. It’s engaged in facilitation for collection, identification, preservation and research activities related to different aspects of an animal’s natural history. The Museum contains a variety of specimen from various parts of natural history. It also contains different skeletons to understand structures and adaptations of organisms. It provides facility and techniques for discectomy, taxidermy, and preservation of specimens. The museum is rapidly growing as new specimens are being continuously added to the collection. Currently, the museum contains 500 specimens of different vertebrate species including mammals, birds, herpetofauna and amphibians, fishes. The museum is a providing insight into the evolutionary history, phenetic and phylogenetic relationship among the different species.